Telegraph Road upgrade saves ratepayers $100M

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will today unveil the final stage of the Telegraph Road corridor in Brisbane’s northern suburbs, which has been delivered with a saving to ratepayers of more than $100 million on the overall $260 million project budget.

Cr Quirk said Telegraph Road was one of the city’s most important suburban arterial roads and Council’s upgrade had widened the 4.3 kilometre corridor to four lanes, with improved flood-resilience and new pathways to boost safety for all road users.

“Works on the second stage of the Telegraph Road corridor upgrade commenced in mid-2017 and thanks to Council’s prudent project management, the $140 million second stage has been delivered on time and more than $67 million under its original budget,” Cr Quirk said.

“Savings were captured through procurement, with the contract costing $24.5 million less than anticipated, as well as a $3 million reduction due to remediation not being required for the former landfill.

“These savings will be reinvested into citywide projects, including the Green Camp Road, Waterworks Road and Wolston Creek Bridge upgrades, as well as other projects to ensure Brisbane continues to be a great place to live, work and relax.

“Telegraph Road is one of 1,000 road improvement projects that Council is undertaking through a $2 billion investment to tackle traffic congestion this term.”

Infrastructure Chairman and local councillor Amanda Cooper said until now, Telegraph Road had been operating at capacity with more than 25,000 vehicles travelling along the corridor every day.

“More than 60,000 cubic metres of fill and a new 70 metre bridge were shipped in, laying the foundations for the 41,500 vehicles that are expected to use this corridor once the Gateway North upgrade is completed,” Cr Cooper said.

“The project will not only deliver benefits for motorists, but also pedestrians and cyclists with new active travel options along the entire length of Telegraph Road, as well as sections of Lemke and Depot roads, helping local residents get home quicker and safer.

“Council will also be trialling a new ‘smart crossing’ at the intersection of Telegraph and Lemke roads to monitor pedestrian movements and improve traffic flow, as part of a citywide campaign to boost pedestrian safety.”

The Telegraph Road corridor has been progressively upgraded since 2013, including the replacement of the Telegraph Road open level crossing which was delivered $26.1 million under budget and months ahead of schedule.